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madoka



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:06 pm    Post subject: Homeless woman set on fire Reply with quote

http://news.yahoo.com/woman-set-fire-la-she-sleeps-bench-173532304.html

For more than 10 years, the homeless woman slept on the same plastic bus stop bench at a busy intersection in the San Fernando Valley, no matter how cold it was or if it was raining.

The 67-year-old, described by one church volunteer who saw her regularly as the "sweetest lady on the street," was nestled in her regular spot early Thursday when the unthinkable happened: A man came out of a nearby drug store, doused her with a flammable liquid and set her ablaze.

She was taken to a hospital, where she was listed in critical condition.

Witness Erickson Ipina called 911, and police arrested Dennis Petillo, 24, a short time later. He was booked for investigation of attempted murder and was held on $500,000 bail. It wasn't immediately known if he had retained an attorney.

"He just poured it all over the old lady," Ipina told reporters at the scene. "Then he threw the match on her and started running."

Police provided no possible motive and released no details on Petillo. The victim's name also was withheld.

LAPD Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese told the Los Angeles Times it was unclear whether Petillo spoke to the woman before he allegedly set her ablaze.

"There was no incident or dispute or clear motivation for this horrific attack. He did not know his victim. It defies explanation," Albanese said. "He is not of sound mind. ... The motive is mental illness."

The attack shocked nearby residents, and later Thursday about a dozen people held vigil around the charred bench, urging motorists to honk their horns in support of homeless rights. One sign placed on the bench read, "Our Prayers to Violet," believed to be the victim's first name.

Tej Deol, 31, who resides at a nearby sober living house, said the woman made the bench her home and often could be found sleeping there after sundown. He said he saw her Christmas Eve, getting ready to eat some soup.

"I told her, 'Merry Christmas and happy New Year,' and she said she was doing good," Deol said. "She was so kind. She was happy to have someone talk to her."

Thursday's incident was at least the third in Los Angeles County since October where people were set on fire.

Last week, a 55-year-old man was seriously injured when he was torched as he slept outside a doughnut shop in Norwalk. Two months earlier, Long Beach police said Jacob Timothy Lagarde, 27, threw a lit Molotov cocktail at a man who had been waiting for his father outside a store. Lagarde has since been charged with attempted murder and five other counts.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

About 25 years ago in the city where I lived in a homeless crazy that everybody knew was burned to death while sleeping on a mattress. He used to shout and curse at the cars driving by and was a bit of a nuisance to customers at the coffee shops in the university area. They never caught the individual or individuals who did it. I wonder if the police even cared. I wonder if the murderer was a psychopath or if one of the merchants hired somebody.
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Singularity



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I consider myself to be very libertarian, but I honestly believe homeless people should be rounded up and put into treatment or something like that.

San Francisco and Vancouver are two of my favorite cities on the planet, but the homeless take away from those amazing cities.

It's not that they pose an inherent danger, but these are psychologically disturbed people.
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